Clinton County United Way auction raises funds

LOCK HAVEN - Amid planes suspended from the ceiling and other flying memorabilia, over 250 people turned out for the fourth annual Sports Night and Fine Arts Auction fundraiser for the Clinton County United Way this past Friday evening.

Guests began arriving at the Piper Aviation Museum Hangar around 6 p.m. They enjoyed light food and beverages, but were ultimately there to help raise funds for a worthy cause.

"This is our main fundraiser of the year," said CCUW President Rocco Rosamilia. "It will be the fundraiser that puts us over our goal for the year."

The goal for the 2014-15 fundraising campaign, he said, was $275,000.

A number of auction items were placed neatly around the hangar, 22 for the live auction and about 100 items for a silent auction.

From beautiful creations such as the wooden chair made by local artist Tom Svec, a large tree painting by George Stefanski, a beach house vacation in North Carolina, to sporting event tickets, signed sports memorabilia, beauty gift baskets and local club memberships, there were items there to entice people of all interests.

One table held what appeared to be decoratively-colored paper, markers and folding tips, so people could pay to create their own paper airplane for a competition to see who could throw their creation the farthest.

Another table was set up for a raffle-type game called "Cork Grab." For this game, people paid for a numbered cork, would automatically receive a bottle of alcohol with the corresponding number, and would also have their number placed in a bag for a drawing to win a gift basket.

The CCUW also took a moment to honor the 2015 Sports Person of the Year - Abe Stauffer, Lock Haven High School and Central Mountain soccer coach.

Albert Jones served as master of ceremonies.

Live auctioneer for the evening was Grant Miller. Bo Miller assisted with sound and Phil Reeder provided music. Sue Stover was the caterer and the Lock Haven University Women's Field Hockey team volunteered their services for the evening.

Clinton County United Way partners include American Red Cross, Annie Halenbake Ross Library, Susquehanna Council Boy Scouts of America, Catholic Charities, Clinton County Community Connections, Clinton County Healthy Communities Dental Clinic, Clinton County Housing Coalition and Life Center, Clinton County Women's Center/ Safe House, Community Nursing Service of Clinton County, Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA, Horses of Hope, Infant Development Program, In Your Shoes, Lock Haven Area YMCA/Lock Haven Child Care and North Central Sight Services.

Sponsors for the fundraising event were: Diversified Asset Planner; Woolrich, Inc.; Woodlands Bank; Ron and Jo Ann Bowes; First Citizens Community Bank; Dave Kelley, Blaise Alexander Subaru; Dominion; Dunkin Donuts; Market Haus and Grove; Bald Eagle Distributors/ Bald Eagle Beer Store/ Buy the Case; M&R Contracting; Jim Berkebile, Country Barn; Mark Helbley and Debra Sweeney.

LAKESHIA KNARR/THE EXPRESS